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New Women’s Surgical Suite begins to take shape

Posted 9/28/22

Rome Health celebrated the start of construction for its new Women’s Surgical Suite with a ceremonial beam signing Tuesday to also help honor the hospital’s 135th anniversary.

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New Women’s Surgical Suite begins to take shape

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ROME — Rome Health celebrated the start of construction for its new Women’s Surgical Suite with a ceremonial beam signing Tuesday to also help honor the hospital’s 135th anniversary.

The new dedicated suite is being constructed adjacent to the Maternity Department on the fourth floor of the facility at 1500 N. James St. The majority of the $3.9 million capital project is being funded through Oneida County’s investment of $3 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Rome Health is naming the new suite after two long-time local obstetricians/gynecologists, Dr. Ankur Desai and Dr. Lauren Giustra.

“We are grateful to County Executive Anthony Picente for helping Rome Health ensure that the best maternity care is easily accessible to the women of Rome and the surrounding rural communities,” said Rome Health President/CEO AnneMarie Czyz, EdD., RN, NEA-BC.

“The county’s investment will help us to accelerate our plans for expanding access to the best care out there, here in Rome,” Czyz said.

Hospital officials said Drs. Giustra and Desai have made a lifetime commitment to Rome Health as physician leaders of the hospital’s medical staff and members of the boards of the hospital, and the Rome Health Foundation. The physicians have also helped advance quality health care for the community through their philanthropic support of the Rome Health Foundation over several years.

“We are pleased to announce that the Women’s Surgical Suite will be named in honor of Dr. Lauren Giustra and Dr. Ankur Desai, two obstetrician/gynecologists who have served this community since they opened their practice in Rome more than 25 years ago,” said Czyz. “Throughout their careers, Drs. Giustra and Desai have maintained a singular focus on delivering the highest quality of care to those we serve.”

Rome Health Foundation Executive Director Chester W. DiBari III said the foundation is grateful to Drs. Giustra and Desai for “generously partnering” with them to support the mission to provide quality health care with compassion.

“In addition to their philanthropic investments over the years, they have generously given of their time and expertise to make a lasting impact on the delivery of care in this community,” DiBari said.

Construction of the new dedicated C-section suite is expected to be complete in spring 2023. Approximately 2,000 square-feet of existing space will be renovated and converted to a modern surgical suite adjacent to the Maternity Department for enhanced patient safety. The project will also provide additional capacity for the growth in general surgical services by freeing up one of the hospital’s four operating rooms on the first floor.

Although the hospital’s C-section rate is better than the state average, Rome Health’s overall obstetrics volume grew 28.5% between 2020 and 2021 with the hospital’s designation as one of only two “Best Maternity Hospitals” in the state. In 2021, 744 babies were born at Rome Health.

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